Week 12 of the Premier League and we have a standout fixture from the list as the best two teams in the division go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon. This top of the bill tussle pairs Premier League leaders Liverpool with defending champions and three-in-a-row chasers Manchester City at Anfield.
Play goes from 4.30pm on Sunday 10 November and will be shown live on Sky Sports. It’s a real treat for armchair fans and there will be an increased level of interest in the betting as bookmakers make available over 100 markets. These include match winner, both teams to score and handicap. Ramp up your enjoyment with a bet and the chance to profit from the occasion.
Betting Traders Keep Their Cool
The outcome of this game has split opinion amongst followers of English football’s top division, but traders have kept their cool in tense times, making their feelings clear from the start. The money men rate home advantage highly but they have learned there’s very little joy to be had in taking on Manchester City as it’s a costly and very dangerous strategy. With that in mind, it’s no great shock to see them price the away win as favourite.
Man City are 29/20 with William Hill. Liverpool have been scratched up at 17/10 with the same bookie and that won’t go unnoticed by the value hunters. The draw is also likely to pull in a fair share of attention at 5/2 (bet365). This match has over 100 markets attached, and you can pick your best and get your cash down. Many will remain live throughout the course of the 90 minutes thanks to in-play betting. You can now enjoy a punt at any stage of the contest.
Liverpool Find a Way to Beat Aston Villa
Liverpool go into this match as Premier League leaders with 31 points on the board from a possible 33. The reds have won 10 games so far and drawn the spare. That start is simply incredible and even better than fans would have hoped for when last season’s runners up opened the season with a convincing win over Norwich City back in August. The pacesetters have scored 25 goals and conceded just nine, showing just how serious they are about ending their extended wait for an English league title.
They did come incredibly close to suffering their first defeat of the season last weekend when pushed all the way by Aston Villa at Villa Park in the opening round of matches from November. Aston Villa were written off by just about everyone going into that fixture, but they struck first to open the scoring through Trezeguet on 21 minutes and took that lead into half-time. It looked like they’d hold on too but Liverpool are title challengers for a reason and kept their unbeaten record thanks to late goals from Robertson and Mane. The first was scored on 87 minutes to equalise, the match winning goal on 94 to stun both sets of supporters.
That was just a little too close for comfort for Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff, but he would have been delighted to see his men grind out a result and win ugly. Draws cost Liverpool dear last season and we’re certain that match similar to that one would have ended 1-1 12 months ago. The winning manager told members of the press his boys weren’t clinical enough when they had their chances early in the match but kept fighting for the win.
Man City Struggle past Southampton
Manchester City also won 2-1 last weekend and it was another match they had to come from behind in to land all three points. Victory at home over a struggling opponent fighting for position kept the champions second in the table and they now have season stats of eight wins, one draw and two defeats. The 25 points on the board means they are six behind the pace set by Liverpool and just two better than Leicester and Chelsea in third and fourth. It’s still very early in the season but if Liverpool are able to win on Saturday and open up a nine points gap, it would be very difficult for the reds to lose the title from there, with such a commanding lead over their main rivals.
Man City were expected to beat lowly Southampton at a canter last weekend in front of a capacity Etihad Stadium. Many sports bettors had their cash on the home win with others risking the specials for a bigger price, going for Man City -2 or -3 on the handicap. That looked unlikely when it was The Saints who grabbed a lead inside 13 minutes. Ward-Prowse scored the opener to silence the home support and they took that lead into the break. It was 70 minutes before City were able to get level and they had Aguero to thank for the equaliser. Walker scored what turned out to be the winner on 86 minutes, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
Pep Guardiola knew just how close his men came to conceding more ground to Liverpool but he didn’t want to be overly critical about a winning result so soon after the final whistle. Pep told members of the media his team played incredibly well from the first minute until the final whistle, forcing an incredible amount of chances. The stats sheet showed they finished with 26 shots at goal but managed to put just four of them on target.
- Sadio Mane scored what was Liverpool’s 35th 90th-minute winner.
- Aguero has scored nine goals from 10 shots on target this season
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games when conceding first.
- Only Tottenham have enjoyed a better start to a Premier League season than Liverpool and that was back in 1960.
- Man City had to wait until the 70th minute for their first shot on target v Southampton